Greetings dear readers! I’ve been wanting to mention something for a while. Some time ago Barb Vedder (“Fun With Barb” blog – link on the right side of my blog) wrote that discovering glue basting for applique was ”life changing” for her. That caught my attention! I had always thread basted and never tried glue. Barb recommended I try it and she gave me a bottle of what she uses when we met at the quilt museum in Lowell, MA this spring to see our friend Wendy Reed’s exhibit.
This is a great little container for applying tiny dots of the glue and you can buy it from her if you’re interested. I used the glue basting technique for the last 2 borders of leaves for Maple Leaf Rag and now am using it for the leaves for the 4th border for Stormy Weather. I’M HOOKED!! It is definitely faster, very little glue is needed, it doesn’t create any significant stiffness, and there are no basting stitches to remove. I glued 50 leaves and 42 berries on a border (iron after gluing) and not one piece fell off during 2 weeks of stitching with lots of handling and twisting of the fabric. Even when one has been quilting for years, it’s good to try different/new techniques. It’s good to be open to possible improvements in technique and to new creative ideas. Thank you Barb!
I’ve been working on the Christmas quilt for my granddaughter, Svetlana:
The pieces are all cut and I’m slowly sewing parts together. What you see above is all of it except the outer solid blue border; it’s small – about 48 inches square. I’m pretty sure she’ll love it!
Fall color is gone🙁. I see mostly browns, grays, and piney greens, but they have their own beauty and I seek out that beauty during the winter. It’s been getting colder and yesterday the pond had a thin layer of ice on it:
On a recent walk, I finally got a good photo of my new neighbor, Molly 😊:
I’ve had a subscription for several years to ”The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims – well worth it, much to enjoy. Every year they have a BOM project that lasts the year and the patterns are free to subscribers. I’ve never participated, but the new one just announced for 2022 is tempting. It’s by Irene Blanck. Here’s a shot from her Instagram account:
There are classes on the show periodically throughout the year, led by Barbara Black and she also gives instructions and tips on her blog throughout the year. Here’s Barbara’s quilt with her own fabrics – a bit brighter:
Again – very tempting!! BUT – I don’t think I want to take on another project with a lot of applique right now🙂. I definitely need to focus on finishing some of my current big projects in 2022 and I’m itching to do some machine piecing – probably FPP – but not sure what yet. As a ”Quilt Show” subscriber, I at least get to download this pattern and hold it for some time in the future!
The Christmas tree is up!
A couple of my favorite ornaments are the piano and accordion. The ”book worm” is new and a gift from my son and partner:
Today I’m sharing several more quilts from the ”Fabric Of A Nation” exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts – up until mid January. Let’s start with this vibrant one from the 1930’s:
This was a fascinating one made of movie camera film; the film images are part of the art:
Molly Upton’s iconic piece is in the exhibit; I don’t think the photos convey well the large size of the piece which adds to its impact:
And here is Molly’s friend’s work:
Another of the Gees Bend pieces:
This one was exhibited a few years ago at the museum when they showed quilts from the Pilgrim-Roy collection. I love the bold colors!
Here’s one of 2 lovely coverlets in the exhibition:
Somehow I forgot to photograph the information card, but here are some closeups:
I’ll close this post with a gorgeous red, green, and white Carolina Lily – the colors are right for the Christmas season:
This was one of my favorite traditional quilts in the exhibit. If I had another lifetime, I’d love to reproduce it! At the very least, the holiday season has got me feeling like I want to make a red, green, and white quilt…..no guarantee one will get started in the near future😊.
Hoping all of you are enjoying the holiday season!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi